Each year, we here at CNDLS strive to put together a diverse, engaging conference called the Teaching, Learning and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI) aimed at bringing our Georgetown community of faculty, staff and students together to learn and grow. Working under the theme of Complexity, Diversity and Change: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, TLISI 2017 was our largest yet. This year, TLISI had over 500 registrants for the four day institute, and offered more than 80 sessions, both in person and virtually!
This year’s programming centered around seven themes: Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Inclusive Pedagogies, Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition, Incorporating Difficult and Timely Topics, Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovative Teaching Practices, and Cross-Institutional and Cross-Departmental Collaborations. Many sessions touched on more than one topic area; from workshops to panels, keynote presentations to daily meditation, the sessions were varied by type and topic to offer something for everyone. In addition to a record number of faculty, we were thrilled to welcome many staff to this year’s institute as well, truly making TLISI a space for shared, integrative work in teaching and learning.
Along with all the general sessions, we also offered attendees the opportunity to participate in our Productive Open Design Spaces (PODS) at TLISI. Tackling projects from creating a guide for faculty on best practices in academic integrity to building a 1-credit SFS writing studio course, PODS saw 10 groups come together over the course of the week to ideate, iterate, and design together.
Additionally, the incoming cohort of Doyle Fellows held their first meetings where they began conversations on how they might redesign a course to integrate more diversity and inclusion into their curricula.
If you missed this year’s TLISI, or want to revisit a topic, we will be highlighting many sessions here on the Prospect blog over the course of this summer and academic year. The opening plenary, Georgetown University’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation: How Georgetown’s Past is Shaping its Future, was a dynamic discussion with Adam Rothman and Marcia Chatelain, both Professors in Georgetown’s History department and members of the Working Group. Dr. Brad Johnson joined us Wednesday for his keynote,“The Art (and Science) of Outstanding Mentorship in Higher Education” where he shared his research on developing high-impact mentoring relationships in higher education. We are pleased to partner with Lauinger Library to offer the recorded videos of twelve sessions from throughout the week to members of the Georgetown Community through Digital Georgetown (please note: you must be signed in with your GUID). You can access the videos via the Resources page on the TLISI website.